Author Archives: Theo Stewart

About Theo Stewart

I am a dog Behaviourist (INTODogs - ICAN Companion Animal Behaviourist) and trainer covering Beds, Herts, Cambs and Bucks, a 'Victoria Stilwell' Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT) and a full member of the IMDT. Graduate ISCP, International School for Canine Practitioners. My main site:

A leftover from the dark ages of dog training?

I have (another) bee in my bonnet (I get more as I get older). Years ago, I was involved in the kind of dog training that was proud to use force, discipline and punishment in the name of Control. Dogs … Continue reading

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Old Owner, New Tricks?

There is a lot of information out there specifically about catering for the needs of our ageing and old dogs, from the first sign of slowing down to knowing just when is the right time to say goodbye. The  Oldies … Continue reading

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Say Hello Nicely.

I have just read a really interesting and comprehensive blog by Karen B. London in A Guide to Dog to Dog Greetings To quote London: ‘Despite some variations, the basics tend to be the same. Dogs move toward each other … Continue reading

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I’ve Hidden the Ball Thrower. A Cautionary Tale

This is a story about my own dog, Cocker Spaniel Pickle, and the ball thrower. I’ve hidden the ball thrower. Pickle loves to chase the ball. He jumps to catch it and he would carry on till he dropped (though … Continue reading

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Your Choice – or is it?

A definition of Hobson’s Choice is: ‘an apparently free choice when there is no real alternative’: Take it, or leave it. (Merriam-Webster) Freedom of choice ‘describes an individual’s opportunity and autonomy to perform an action selected from at least two available options, … Continue reading

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Cleanliness Next to Dogliness?

My eye was caught by this headline the other day: Cleaning sprays ‘as harmful to your lungs as smoking 20 cigarettes a day’. To quote: ‘Using everyday cleaning sprays can be as harmful to a woman’s lungs as smoking 20 … Continue reading

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We have just finished this year’s annual UK survival reality TV game show, I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here’, where 12 celebrities live together in a jungle environment for a number of weeks. The contestants have to endure ‘Bushtucker Trials’ to … Continue reading

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